Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact – Latest News
As we reported in this space earlier this month, 2018 is the year that the nurse licensure compact is being updated in an attempt to re-energize the efforts to attract all of the states to join. The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) was enacted in July 2017 and will be officially implemented on January 19, 2018.
Legislators in one of the original NLC states, Colorado, has been feverishly trying to pass an agreement on joining the new compact by the deadline on Friday, January 19th. At stake is the real possibility that if the efforts in Colorado to pass the new compact legislation fails, out of state licenses would no longer be honored. This would have a terribly negative impact on hospital systems throughout the state who are currently struggling with high patient volumes due to seasonal flu and other winter ailments. NOTE: As of the publication of this article, it was learned that the Colorado State Legislature passed their Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (SB18-027).
Legislators in another original compact state New Mexico introduced their NLC version of the legislation (SB 1) on January 17, 2018, and it is expected to pass by the deadline as there is support for the bill in the state house.
Rhode Island, the last of the original compact states is not having similar success in prompting the state legislature to pass a bill allowing Rhode Island to engage with the new eNLC. One of the issues that needs to be ironed out is resistance to the eNLC by the state nurses union.
In addition to the states we have discussed above, there are four states that have introduced legislation to join the eNLC, but due to a variety of reasons for different opposition efforts, the legislation is not currently on any of the legislative calendars for a vote. These states include Michigan, New Jersey, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
For the latest information about the eNLC, bookmark the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website. From there, you can select your home state and see where compact legislation stands if it is not already signed into law. Also, stay tuned to this space as we will post any breaking information that develops.
Is your state part of the new compact? If not, do you know what the reasons are for the lack of action? Please share your experiences with this new law in the comment section below, or join the discussion on our Facebook page.